After dispatching the Kilgore Lady Dogs in two one-sided shutouts, competition gets rougher at the area round.
Sulphur Springs cut through Kilgore like a hot knife in butter. This time they face the Waco Midway Pantherettes who are pretty hot themselves.
The Lady Cats are 24-9 for the year after winning 6-0 and 10-0 over Kilgore.
Waco Midway is 25-8 on the season. The two teams meet in a best-of-three series which will be held at Mansfield Timberview. Game 1 is today at 6 p.m.; Game 2 today at 8 p.m. with Game 3 at the same location, if needed at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Pantherettes have 10 starters back from last years’ state finalist team which lost to No. 1 Aledo.
Top hitters are Makenzie Roberts and Sienna Miller, posting .400 averages with Monique Miller and Valerie Ramirez both hit .375 or better.
Kermitria Ward is a pitcher with a perfect 10-0 mark, 0.62 earned run average while Lizzy Kelly is 12-5 on the mound.
Sulphur Springs comes into the game with Kaci Kennedy and Taylor Clifton pitching well.
Kennedy is 15-4, had a no-hitter against Kilgore. Clifton is 8-4 with a 1.87 earned run average. She has 108 strikeouts in 108.1 innings
Top averages for the Lady Cats are Mac Morgan, .471; Kennedy, .381; Jamonica Hall, .370; Maurie Lewis, .369; Kara Tomlinson, .361; Baylee Speaker, .357; T’Kea Johnson, .352; Katie Dodd, .330; Brittani Crawford, .317; Jalie Eppars, .282 and Krista McMahan, .264.
“We are focused coming off the wins over Kilgore,” said Sulphur Springs head coach David Carrillo. “We know mistakes this time of year can hurt you.We have talked about perception vs. reality. A lot of people are going to have a perception of who they think we are, but in reality we need to show them what we know we are and that is a team deserving to go to the next round of the playoffs.”
The coach continued, “We made it this far in the playoffs and lost last year to Forney. We felt like that was too soon and we had unfinished business. Waco Midway has a great program with a strong tradition. We can’t beat ourselves, if we play well we will be all right. All the games are tough when you get to this level.”
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